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Musings 2008/225

experimentation permitted.
Approaching Communion
The possibilities of altar rails and kneeling for Communion have obviously been totally discarded - no mention of these whatsoever.
It is taken for granted that the Faithful will process and receive Christ's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in a standing position and the Australian Conference of Bishops have ordained that all communicants must bow just prior to communicating.
I have raised the question with the Bishops Conference as to whether this means that we must cease to genuflect.
Some Priests have taken it for granted that the requirement to bow means ceasing to genuflect!
Now, the requirement to bow will be a distinct improvement on what is currently taking place with most of the communicants - some of whom have a very casual approach to The Sacrament.
Indeed the approach of many communicants to receive The Redeemer of all creation resembles a line-up for tickets to a movie!
So, in that respect - presuming everyone does make the bow, and a profound bow (that is, a bow of the whole upper body) - then I have to admit that will be a distinct improvement; a vast
overall improvement.
Further, if everyone carries out this simple sign of respect for The Real Presence, then I think that this will draw parishioners closer together, for it will remove two problems:-
the problem
we have with those who process without any sign of respect;
the problem
they have with us in our genuflecting which I think has been eating away at their consciences.
I have attempted to approach The Sacrament with a profound bow and a Sign of the Cross, and I find this more difficult then a genuflection which can be done on the move so to speak. The profound bow, however, requires the person to stop.
On the other hand, by conforming to the Bishops' requirement to bow, we can then rightfully claim that other requirements of GIRM be implemented.
GIRM Overall
It seems to me that a real-Catholic theologian began to put together a draft of the new GIRM with the intention of defining a clear-cut guideline for The Sacrifice.
On reading the GIRM I felt a certain beauty unfolding as the guidelines were set forth, linking them to Tradition, to Scripture, to The Cross.
But then uncertainty seemed to creep in - and/or deviation.
It was as though a second theologian began to have input to the draft document and his/her intention seem to be to undermine the first input by adding dysfunctional clauses, yet without changing the original theologian's input!
The result in my opinion, is that we have a document that is at cross purposes; a document that says two things
do this;
but you don't have to
do this,
leaving the gate open for the continuation of novelties.
Normally, when I read a document of The Universal Church beauty and glory seem to arise from the paragraphs - from every sentence - but on ready this, I saw some of this beauty and the glory but these were followed up, or mixed with, mischievous machinations.
Remaining in our pews
Previously I proposed that real-Catholics, in staying in their pews in the assembly space, have achieved incredible results.
What if we had simply left, all of us?
Yet, it remains a considerable cross for many real-Catholics to attend Holy Mass (
and it still remains Holy Mass) to witness a corrosion of Tradition in the décor, in the adaptations, in the sermon, in the lack of reverence, etc.
And now that they are told to stop genuflecting prior to communicating with The Lord - which has been so important to them for so long - undermining their attempted reverence with a lesser gesture, they feel that this is just another attempt to discriminate against them. Another little cross which appears so large!
But it seems to me that

the real-Catholics who have
remained in their pews
have been carrying a cross,
for an on behalf of The Universal Church.
I say, they are the salt of the earth.

P 47   5  10  Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
47   5  11  Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake:
47   5  12 
Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.
47   5  13  You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men.
47   5  14  You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid.
Imagine the tens-of-millions of real-Catholics who have remained in their pews, immovable, around the world!

What a solid wall of resistance they formed
before the colossal attacks of modernism!
What a service they have performed
for The Church!

Imagine the annoyance and frustration they caused to the modernist perpetrators!
It is no exaggeration to say they
are the salt of the earth.
Remaining in their pews has been a cross for them when they could have sought spiritual relief through participating in schismatic Masses, or looking elsewhere, grasping for succour through alternative spiritualities.
They might have had temporary relief but in due course they had to face the simple fact that

they had left The Universal Church.

What a tragedy!
And I have to ask the question:-

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